“Tory MPs need to think…do they want Theresa May leading us into the next election?”. Plus: what she could have done to prevent him writing his letter.
Posts Tagged: Dominic Raab MP
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
“I still think a deal could be done. But it is very late in the day now, and we need to change course.”
May won’t yield to their demand for renegotiation unless she believes that at least some of them will quit. And on the basis of last week, why would she?
She didn’t establish herself as a strategic Home Secretary, but is a highly effective media performer.
That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.
They are now coming so fast as to necessitate this list, which will be updated as the day continues.
WATCH: Mundell’s ferocious attack on Raab. He says: “I’m not going to be bounced into resigning by carpetbaggers.”
“I’m sure this is more about manoeuvring and leadership”. He also says he wants to study the Northern Ireland protocol.
“I’ve been fighting for a good Brexit deal, but the terms offered to Cabinet yesterday had two fatal flaws.”
“I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country.” Raab’s resignation letter – full text
“No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control… nor the ability to decide to exit”.
This blow to the heart of the Government does nothing to make a challenge less likely. Get ready for Run Raabit Run Raabit Run Run Run.
A new leader would need a new plan to reverse this evident humiliation of May’s leadership and of British statecraft.
Interpretation one: its members are talking at length, but there’s no real resistance to the Prime Minister’s draft Brexit plan. Interpretation two: it is running into trouble.
Raab, Cox, Gove, Fox, Mordaunt – all these Cabinet members, and others, should prepare to resign today
They should first seek to persuade May not to press for a decision, since there will have been no opportunity for full timely study of the text.
Raab, Cox, Gove, Fox, Mordaunt – all these Cabinet members, and others, should resign tomorrow if necessary.
They mustn’t let Downing Street bounce them into agreeing a 500-plus page deal that they won’t have had time to study properly.